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Gabe Steele was down and almost out in Beverly Hills. He was riding on a motorcycle because his ex-wife got the BMW in the divorce settlement. He was on the Hollywood Grey List - he couldn't sell a script because he was over forty. And he was living on residuals from "Kojak" screenplays he had written twenty years before. The one thing Gabe Steele had right in his life was tennis - untouchable serves, killer backhands, ferocious forehands. And when he was offered the job as manager of the exclusive Beverly-West ...
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FORT LEE, NJ: 1993. Hard Cover 1st Edition AUTHOR'S FIRST MYSTERY. FINE IN FINE DJ. "MURDER AT A BEVERLY HILLS TENNIS CLUB.".

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Overview

Gabe Steele was down and almost out in Beverly Hills. He was riding on a motorcycle because his ex-wife got the BMW in the divorce settlement. He was on the Hollywood Grey List - he couldn't sell a script because he was over forty. And he was living on residuals from "Kojak" screenplays he had written twenty years before. The one thing Gabe Steele had right in his life was tennis - untouchable serves, killer backhands, ferocious forehands. And when he was offered the job as manager of the exclusive Beverly-West Racquet Club, suddenly all seemed right in his life. Sign a couple of bills, play a few charity sets with members, free rent, time to write - and flirt with the receptionist. All seemed right until he found the locker-room attendant dangling from the Gravity Bar on the exercise porch. Very dead. The police were ready to call it suicide and close the file on the case. Gabe had his doubts. He thought it was murder. It might have remained at this impasse if the dead man's parents hadn't accused Gabe of hounding their son into taking his own life. If Gabe was going to clear his name - and save his job - he would have to find the killer himself. His search uncovers secrets and scandals, frauds and poseurs hiding behind the curtain of affluence and luxury that is Beverly Hills. With an insider's eye for the Beverly Hills tennis scene, Arthur Marx weaves a depth of texture to a baffling, intriguing murder mystery that belongs next to those of Christie and Chandler.
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In his first mystery, Marx, son of the famous comedian and author of My Life with Groucho , offers a mean-spirited, unfunny, ill-characterized and improbable Tinseltown tale. Washed-up Hollywood scriptwriter Gabe Steel, faced with hard times and an apparent industry boycott on writers pushing 40, trades in his computer for a tennis racquet and a paid gig as manager at a swank Beverly Hills sports club whose members pay $40,000 in annual dues. But his carefree life is soon interrupted by a spate of wallet-stealings in the locker room and the sudden death of Danny, the locker-room attendant. Gabe soon gets the police on his case, a sound beating for his troubles, and Jenny, the front-desk attendant, as his willing girl Friday when he hits the trail of the thief and killer. Not so much a narrative as a wayward collection of unlikely developments, capped by an even less credible conclusion, this is a dismal tale with no one whom readers can care for in its callous, misogynistic cast of characters. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942637809
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Pages: 361

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    an underrated top-shelf mystery novel

    I've been a fan of Arthur Marx for many years, and his writing style has influenced me greatly. From his biographies of such stars as Bob Hope and Groucho Marx to his contributions to the 1970s sitcom, 'Alice', Arthur's writings have never failed to entertain. 'Set To Kill' is his first fiction title, and a fine one at that. Marx's dark humor mixed in with a suspenseful storyline captivates readers from page one and makes 'Set To Kill' a real page-turner. Though it was released over a decade ago, this witty and thought-provoking prose can stand on its own against any of today's top-selling mystery novels.

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